“Time is the great leveller. Winning and losing, gain and loss are relative concepts that miss noticing the grand picture that is the universal process of building new possibilities through mitosis.”
In the end, it does not matter who wins, loses or draws: The balance of nature will always win. The greater part of our histories were wasted in misdirected efforts that accrued no lasting gain. Much good was lost and what little we gained had to survive immense attrition, often to be lost again.
Had we learnt the lessons that truly matter, we would now be travelling in a life enhancing direction, instead of an extractive, depleting death generating trajectory of pollution, wars and extinction.
The air. Without it we would die. But we contaminate it with blithe disregard, and continue to do so.
Water is essential for life as well. We continue to subvert it every way we can.
Our existence is only possible between a very fine scale of opportune stability which can support it, as we now are embodied. And yet we behave as it were an unlimited resource.
The biotic layer of earth that supports our life and our food is only a few inches thick.
Some birds mess in their nest so much they have to leave. We not only cannot fly, but have no alternate home to go to. Are we intending to drown in it? Possibly not, but our behaviours illustrate that we will.
The imagined “gains” are incomprehensibly stupid in the face of the fact we are trading continuance of existing.
The strangely sad thing is that all the figures and the valid science proves conclusively that sustainable and harmonious technologies are exponentially more profitable than the defective junk technologies that the retards and laggards among us still cling to.
If we don’t value our life and continue to show this by our actions, individually and collectively, Nature will eventually concede to the message we are continuing to transmit. When saturation point is reached there will be no stopping the consequences.
On that basis it can only make good sense to make it a way of life to better align with the Balance of Nature instead of continuing to run counter to it.
As you who is reading this well knows, the alternative to harmony is an existence filled with suffering, denial of suffering, chasing after things, not getting what you want, more discomfort, more chasing, more unrequited cravings, more failure to get, more denial and brief spark, a beginning, a potentially immensely valuable journey eventually coming to an end, entirely wasted and sidetracked.
Take a tip from the humble blade of grass and all things in Nature that grow. Wherever they land, that’s where they begin to grow.
The forces of nature and the universe then take care of the rest.
Aside from the next feed, animals don’t chase after so many things. Even catching a mate requires reciprocity of intent before it can consummate.
Of course there will be that salient individual who will be moved to ask, “What has any of this got to do with fighting arts?”
Indeed that will be his entitlement.
The only answer readily comes to mind right now is, “Continue in this direction and there will be no possibility of enjoying a good fight, you ignorant ******.” Furthermore the last fight you are likely to see is nature eating you and by then it will be too late for the lesson to be of any usable value.
In nature, when you don’t “get it” early, you die, disappear and become extinct. Each time a great imbalance appeared, the balance of nature restoring itself brought about a mass extinction. At the rate we are destroying and pillaging and making life forms extinct right now, we are in the middle of one.
Nature is not at risk. We are. We pillage from our life support systems and the conclusion is as logical as the man sawing a branch he is sitting on because he wants the wood. Will he survive the fall to use it?
That too is a choice, the result of consequences, for which participants are entirely responsible. But for the life of me I can’t really see the value in several billion of a species choosing to commit group seppuku.
And a real pity after the surviving great contributions in the arts, sciences and other fields of endeavour which when compared to the rocky desert of some planets could be considered a treasure in the universe. And these are only a beginning compared to the potential we contain and still fail to realise.
Life, properly cared for, is so full of so many immense opportunities, we as a species, have not even begun to scratch. It would be a real pity if we wasted them all away.
Neither the use of force, nor career victimhood work well. It requires a hierarchy of bullies to victimise downline as the chimps do. Whist we still retain most of the chimp attributes in our genes, you would think that after several million years, the kami gene would have taken root somewhat. At least a little.
Deep down we seem to know this. We like to tell ourselves in so many varieties of ways how great we like to think we are, whilst walking in the direction which is the very opposite.
The Great Universe is deaf to excuses. It operates by immutable laws, which whilst flexible in creative ways, are unyielding as to cause and effect consequences.
Where there are extremes, there will be friction. Friction can be allowed to fall into contention; but it can also be the basis for creativity. It’s a choice.
The basis of the universe is one pure essence differentiating into opposites, followed by friction and then the reconciliation of opposites returning to the source. This externally and internally. Winning and losing are relative concepts not founded in actuality but illusion. They “winners” of history are now dust. Aggressors in the end burn themselves out. The so called “losers” inherited the earth.
“The meek shall inherit the earth;” Psalms 25:8; and in the course of time the mineral rights as well. Only instead of suicidally extracting the life support systems, they may hopefully use them more responsibly. If there’s anything left to work with.
Time is the great leveller. Winning and losing, gain and loss are relative concepts that miss noticing the grand picture that is the universal process of building new possibilities through mitosis.
We as a species need to learn to look up, so that we may learn to step up. While we are still in a position to do so.
Dante Alighieri encapsulated in writing:
“…Think! This day will never dawn again!
The heavens are calling you and wheel around you,
Displaying to you their eternal beauties,
And still your eye is looking on the ground!
Naught but a gust of wind is earthly fame
Which blows from this side now, and now from that,
And as it changes quarter changes name…”
We have two legs. They don’t compete to see which is the best; they work together to enable walking and to move the body.
Birds need two wings working together to enable flight.
Opposites have much to gain from each other and more to trade than blows.
Aikido is a gentle reminder in the art, science and skill of augmenting life giving possibilities through exchange of ki and the reconciliation of differences.
That’s the beginning…